Is peer feedback anonymous?
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Written by Sam Lepak
Updated over a week ago

We have a philosophical point of view that peer-to-peer feedback should not be anonymous. This is why Matter does not provide an anonymity feature when providing feedback.

Benefits of Transparency

Continue the Conversation

Receiving feedback with transparency provides you with the opportunity to continue the conversation with a peer, colleague, coworker, manager, or mentor-- people you trust and respect.

  • When receiving feedback, this enables you to follow up with your channel members to learn as much as possible and avoid making assumptions. 

  • When providing feedback, this demonstrates you personally care about your channel members by providing the opportunity to follow up, learn more, and improve.

Constructive Feedback

Anonymity can often backfire and lead to undesired consequences. This can result in creating a toxic company culture. When people know their feedback is attributed to them, it results in a higher level of thought, constructiveness, and care.

When Anonymous Feedback is Appropriate

An employee giving their boss or the company's leaders feedback is called upward feedback or a "skip-level" feedback gathering process. In these scenarios, anonymous feedback may be appropriate to ensure employees provide honest feedback without fear of losing their job.

Matter is not designed for anonymous upward feedback. Matter is designed to make peer-to-peer feedback easier, more effective, and more pleasant.

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